“It is about escapism,” Martin Brudnizki mentioned of the 2 resorts that mark his hospitality debut in Paris.
Brudnizki, the Swedish-born, London-based inside designer and famend architect behind unique institutions corresponding to Los Angeles non-public members’ membership, The Britely at Pendry West Hollywood, and the new Vesper Bar at The Dorchester, not too long ago introduced his signature aesthetic to the Metropolis of Mild. He designed La Fantaisie, in Paris’s ninth arrondissement and Le Grand Mazarin, within the Marais, each of which opened this fall.
Escapism is exactly the place Brudnizki’s expertise lies — not simply in furnishing a resort, however in establishing a world, with a contact of theatrical aptitude that immerses vacationers in a extra enjoyable and delightful world.
For La Fantaisie (nightly charges from $603), a 73-key resort nestled on Rue Cadet, Brudnizki engages visitors in a complicated, lush, and tranquil setting, a stark distinction to the world’s busy cityscape of Haussmann buildings, eating places, theaters, bars, and historic landmarks.
Impressed by the road’s historical past, named after brothers Jean and Jacques Cadet, expert gardeners who blanketed town in blooms within the sixteenth century, Brudnizki and his crew put greenery on the coronary heart of their design. They created a shocking backyard for the resort, a rarity on this a part of Paris.
“Our method was to create an area that welcomes everybody, that makes everybody really feel relaxed,” Brudnizki defined. To do that — and to melt the inflexible traces of a newly constructed resort — he infused the area with patterns of leaves and flowers.
As an alternative of a basic painted plaster wooden ceiling within the foyer and reception space, he coated it in a tapestry of pure colours. Wealthy textures and floral upholstery carry the backyard theme into the visitor rooms. For instance, the doorways of a closet are coated in elegant Maison Pierre Frey wallpaper impressed by French gardens, whereas the loos are painted in a gentle shade of inexperienced paired with gold-hued finishes, marble, and outsized mirrors in wooden frames.
“Once you’re in a room right here, you’re feeling such as you’re a part of the skin,” Brudnizki added.
Visitor rooms have non-public balconies, Bluetooth audio system, and toiletries by Paris-based holistic magnificence line Holidermie, La Fantaisie’s unique companion that additionally provides merchandise for its luxurious spa, the place amenities embrace a mineral water pool, saunas, and a hammam.
Except for Brudnizki’s lavish interiors, at La Fantaisie, vacationers can take pleasure in basic French eating experiences that embrace a ground-level café (sure, it has outside seating for people-watching) and a good looking rooftop bar overlooking the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The star of the meals and beverage program is Golden Poppy, the resort’s flagship restaurant by chef Dominique Crenn of San Francisco’s Michelin three-starred Atelier Crenn. All three ideas have a Californian really feel (Crenn has been a resident of the Golden State for the reason that late Nineteen Eighties), and the menus revolve round native and sustainable components.
About two miles south of La Fantaisie is Brudnizki’s second Parisian undertaking. Positioned within the stylish Marais neighborhood, a gathering level of intellectuals throughout the French Enlightenment interval, Le Grand Mazarin (nightly charges from $739) is housed in three historic buildings on the nook of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie. The resort is decidedly extra residential and intimate in really feel; it attracts inspiration from 18th-century salons when writers, artists, and philosophers met within the non-public residences of well-off Parisians to debate world affairs, literature, arts, and tradition.